A client receives a discharge despite his past jail sentence

In the Montreal district, an individual was charged with harassment, under Section 264(1)(3)b) of the Criminal Code, communicating repeatedly by means of telecommunications, under 372(3)(4)b) of the Criminal Code and uttering threats to cause bodily injuries under Section 264.1(1)a)(2)b) of the Criminal Code. Under the influence of alcohol, the defendant had made several consecutive phone calls to another occupant of the housing complex of his lady friend. The conversations, which

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Domestic violence

Xavier Cormier, a lawyer, represents clients charged with domestic violence.There is no offence called “domestic violence” per se provided in the Criminal Code. Cases of domestic violence are in fact various charges, such as assault, forcible confinement, threats, stalking, dangerous driving or others, in which there is or was a conjugal or sentimental type of relationship between the plaintiff and the defendant. The specific character of these cases means they

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A client of Mr. Cormier is acquitted on charges of assault

A client of Mr. Xavier Cormier, a criminal lawyer, was charged with domestic violence by his spouse. The Crown therefore laid charges of assault against him. An order forbade the client from then on to show up at his residence or to contact his spouse in any way.Mr.Cormier undertook discussions with the prosecutor. The plaintiff was seen by a social worker. As of the second hearing in Court, the order

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A client charged with assault and obstruction of a peace officer is acquitted

A client of criminal lawyer Xavier Cormier was charged with assault against his girlfriend and with obstruction of a peace officer (Section 266 b) Criminal Code of Canada and Section 129 a) e) Criminal Code). Therefore it was partly a conjugal violence-related charge.Some meetings were held between the plaintiff, a social worker and the prosecutor. The charges were finally dropped by the prosecutor and the client was acquitted.Not all clients

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False charges

Regarding criminal law, some people stubbornly believe that a lawyer who knows that the client is guilty will plead in court that the client has not done anything wrong. This has nothing to do with reality. Criminal lawyers have a plethora of ways to defend a client they know is guilty without lying to the Judge: they can invoke the flimsiness of the evidence of the Prosecution, request cancelling part

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Acquitted of four charges laid by his wife and sister-in-law

After they had come home from a meal, a fight broke out between a husband on one hand, and his wife and sister-in-law on the other. After seeing a lawyer, the wife decided to lay charges with the police against her husband. She her sister testified during the trial that the defendant had made death threats against  them (Section 264.1 Criminal Code), committed assault with a weapon against them (Section 267

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Withdrawing Complaints

Sometimes, a person who laid a complaint with the police decides to withdraw the complaint.   Once the police is involved in the case, the plaintiff is considered a victim and a witness in terms of criminal procedures. The police is in charge of the complaint at this point. Although the plaintiff has no actual right to withdraw the complaint, the police will generally agree to a withdrawal, if it

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A client was acquitted of assault and was allowed to keep his firearms license

A client of the Cormier Simard law firm had been arrested for assault following a marital dispute (Section 266 b) Criminal Code). After the beginning of legal procedures, an application for firearms possession prohibition order was signified to him (Section 111 Criminal Code). The client wished to keep his firearms license in order not to limit his professional future. The client also denied the charges. Two Prosecutors were assigned to

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Assault charges laid against a client are withdrawn

A client of criminal lawyer Xavier Cormier had been arrested by the police following a 911 call made by his spouse. There were charges laid for assault (Section 266 Canadian Criminal Code) with conjugal violence. The police had the client sign a promise to appear in Court, as well as an order not to contact his spouse. Mr. Cormier contacted the Office of the Prosecutor to discuss the case. He

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A client is acquitted on charges of assault with a weapon and uttering threats

Criminal lawyer Xavier Cormier was defending a client who was charged with having committed assault with a weapon (Section 267 a) Criminal Code of Canada) and having uttered threats (Section 264.1 (1)a) (2)b) Criminal Code) against her spouse. Therefore the charges concerned conjugal violence.Following her arrest, the police forbade the client from contacting her spouse or other members of his family. Mr. Cormier brought the case to Court quickly, in

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A client charged with assault is acquitted

A client of criminal lawyer Xavier Cormier was charged with assaulting his spouse (Section 266 b) Criminal Code of Canada). Therefore the charges were related to domestic violence. Following the client’s arrest, he was let out of custody on condition that he did not contact the plaintiff. Mr. Cormier had discussions with the Prosecutor when the case came back to Court. As for the plaintiff, she met with a social

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A client charged with assault is acquitted

A client of criminal lawyer Luc Simard had been charged with assault (Section 266 Criminal Code of Canada). These charges were related to conjugal violence. Proceedings had begun four years prior when Mr. Simard was approached to be the defence lawyer in this case. The day of the trial, Mr. Simard had discussions with the Prosecutor. The Prosecutor finally withdrew the client’s charges, and she was acquitted. The client signed

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A client is acquitted on charges of uttering death threats

A client of criminal lawyer Luc Simard had been charged with death threats (Section 264.1 (1) a) (2) b) Criminal Code of Canada) in a case of domestic violence. Some meetings were held between the plaintiff and a social worker. Mr Luc Simard met with the prosecutor to discuss the case. Mr. Luc Simard provided a follow-up on the case with the office of the Prosecutor. The charges were finally

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A client charged with domestic violence is acquitted, and a client charged with shoplifting receives a discharge

A client of Mr.Xavier Cormier had been charged with assault (Section 266 b) Criminal Code), death threats (Section 264.1 (1) a) (2) b) Criminal Code) and harassing telephone calls (Section 372(3) Criminal Code) in a case of domestic violence. Mr. Cormier gave the client counsel concerning respect for court commitments and procedures to follow. Mr.Cormier provided a follow-up on the case with the office of the Prosecutor. The charges were

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A client of Mr. Cormier is acquitted of charges of assault and forcible confinement

A client of Mr. Xavier Cormier had been charged with assault and forcible confinement against the person of his spouse. The charges were laid under Sections 266 and 279 (2) of the Criminal Code of Canada. It was a case of domestic violence. The client did not admit having committed the actions with which he was charged. When the case came back to Court, the plaintiff met a social worker

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